AirTran Airways SWOT Analysis, USP & Competitors

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SWOT Analysis of AirTran Airways with USP, Competition, STP (Segmentation, Targeting, Positioning) - Marketing Analysis

AirTran Airways

Parent Company

SouthWest Airlines





Tagline/ Slogan

Go. There's nothing stopping you


Quality service at very cheap rates



Customers looking for cost effectiveness

Target Group

Low income groups/ middle class


Low cost carrier

SWOT Analysis


1. One of the most identifiable brand names in the airline industry in the United States.
2. Being under Southwest Airlines it makes it possible for AirTran to provide service to several leisure destinations such as Cancún, Montego Bay and Aruba
3. High customer satisfaction rate

4. Good customer base owing to low fares and good service


1. Highly dependent on domestic market
2. AirTran is only available mainly in the eastern United States, thus losing  out customers willing to travel westwards

3. Aging fleet is an area of concern


1. AirTran has a major opportunity to expand drastically its US presence by moving airport terminals westward
2. In order to gain and keep loyal customer it needs to improve its airline quality rating (AQR)
3. In order to differentiate itself, AirTran can increase use of technology for its in-flight service like ipods hooked up in every seat


1. Political policies enforced by the US and other countries in which AirTran operates can have a huge impact on the company as a whole
2. Labor strikes and Increasing fuel cost
3. Increased number of low cost carriers in the United States



1. AMR
2. Delta Airlines
3. Air Jamaica

The table above concludes the AirTran Airways SWOT analysis along with its marketing and brand parameters.


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